Tim Duncan scored 27 points and pulled down seven rebounds to lead the San Antonio Spurs to a 122-105 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder on Monday night. The win gives the Spurs a 1-0 series lead.
Manu Ginobili scored 18 points, Danny Green and Kawhi Leonard had 16 points apiece and Tony Parker had 14 points and 12 assists for the Spurs.
The Spurs took advantage of the absence of Serge Ibaka, torching the Thunder in the paint, scoring 66 points down low to the Thunder’s 32.
Kevin Durant led all scorers with 28 points, nine rebounds and five assists while Russell Westbrook scored 25. The Thunder got contributions from Derek Fisher (16 points) and Reggie Jackson (13 points) off of the bench, but they had no answer for the Spurs’ offense. The Spurs shot 57.5% from the field and 52.9% from beyond the arc.
The Spurs got off to a fantastic start, racing out to a 20-9 lead. The Thunder began to close the gap, but had no answer on the defensive end, allowing the Spurs to pile up 67 first half points. A late 11-4 run closed the gap to eight at the break. In the third quarter, the Thunder used a 17-5 run to take a one-point lead. The Spurs, as they so often do, had a quick answer for the run and took a seven-point lead into the fourth quarter. The Spurs scored the first six points of the quarter to push the lead to 13 and never looked back.
Game 2 from the AT&T Center in San Antonio, Texas is Wednesday night at 9:00 pm EST is on TNT.
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